Refugee Migration and Integration Revisited: Lessons from the Recent Past. The IAB-ECSR interdisciplinary conference

hosted by the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) and the European Consortium for Sociological Research (ECSR)

Start: 27 May 2021

End: 28 May 2021

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    The IAB-ECSR interdisciplinary conference





    Germany has emerged as the leading destination of refugees in the EU and among other high-income countries in absolute terms at 1.6 million asylum applications, which have been submitted there from 2015 to 2018. More than two-thirds of the refugee population in Germany has already received a protection status, another one-fifth of the applications are still pending. Five years after the surge in refugee migration to Germany and other European countries in 2015 we aim to draw first conclusions of what has been achieved regarding the integration of refugees into the economy and other areas of society in the leading destination countries of asylum-seekers in the EU and world-wide. This becomes even of utmost importance given the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis for the economies and societies worldwide.

    The conference aims to bring together demographers, economists, sociologists and political scientists to discuss the most critical lessons on refugee integration in Europe and encourages contributions on the following topics:

    • refugee migration, family reunification and patterns of settlement;
    • selection of refugees;
    • asylum procedures and effectiveness of integration programs;
    • refugee penalty and labor market integration;
    • educational and training opportunities for refugees and their offspring;
    • social integration and family dynamics;
    • language and cultural integration;
    • health and traumata;
    • consequences of the COVID-19 Crisis;
    • effects on host country economy and population.



    1. Jesús Fernández-Huertas Moraga, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
    2. Elias Dinas, European University Institute
    3. Rawan Arar, University of Washington




    Abstracts of max. 1000 words (plus max. five keywords) can be submitted to Please, also indicate the preferred presentation format (panel or poster presentation), Deadline: 10 January 2021.




    Yuliya Kosyakova (IAB & University of Bamberg, University of Mannheim) – Herbert Brücker (IAB, BIM & Humboldt University)




    Stefan Bernhard (IAB & FAU), Herbert Brücker (IAB, BIM & Humboldt University), Christian Czymara (Goethe University Frankfurt), Bernd Fitzenberger (IAB & Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg), Anette Haas (IAB), Jannes Jacobsen (DIW & & Humboldt University), Agnieszka Kanas (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Irena Kogan (University of Mannheim), Cornelia Kristen (University of Bamberg), Yuliya Kosyakova (IAB & University of Bamberg, University of Mannheim), Zerrin Salikutluk (BIM & Humboldt University), Ehsan Vallizadeh (IAB & University of Bamberg).




    Due to the onholding limitations during the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference will be conducted online only via Zoom.

    You will receive all further information after registration.




    • January 10, 2021: Deadline for extended abstract submission
    • February 28, 2021: Notification of acceptance
    • March 2, 2021: Start of registration for presenters
    • April 08, 2021: Deadline for registration for presenters
    • April 09, 2021: Start of registration for guests


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